Well, this is a bummer…
A few weeks ago Universal dropped some rather big news on the horror world when they announced that they are going to revamp their entire monster universe by weaving together new stories of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, The Mummy and so on into one existing world; kind of like what Marvel did with their comic book films. Sounds pretty cool, right? Except there’s a little problem with this whole thing. They’re going to kick the entire universe off with The Mummy—which has already been slated for a May 22, 2016 release—and it’s going to be spearheaded by Alex Kurtzman, who also happens to have a heavy hand in bringing the rest of these classic monsters back to the big screen.
I’m not bummed about the fact that The Mummy is going to be the start of this whole new universe, I’m bummed because it’s not going to be a horror movie. According to THR, The Mummy reboot is going to be an action-adventure tentpole rather than you know… a horror film. An action centered version of this classic story would be totally fine and all if we hadn’t already seen it when Stephen Sommers did it in 1999. And that annoys the hell out of me.
But this brings up my next issue. If they’re already going to start this universe off with an action flick, it makes me wonder what the other films are going to look like. Will we be seeing our favorite movie monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula turned into just another summer action movie, rather than the terrifying horror icons that helped shape the genre? I just want to see these monsters get the treatment they deserve. They’re monsters after all, let them do what they do best. Let them scare us, don’t turn them into just another blockbuster.